An aircheck from Halloween night 1973. A night of radio drama starting with a local version of War of the Worlds, Arch Obler's "The Darkness", a show on Vampires, A ghost story called "The Bed", "People Places and Things - a 30" piece on UFO's. Including actual commercials from the time period in Buffalo, NY. All pieces were performed by DJ's at the station at the time.
The DJ for the War of the Worlds was known as Shane, who seemed to be the archetype for the hip DJ of the time.
The first time the station aired their version of WotW several years previously, even though it was promoted heavily, police departments were called and even the National Guard was called to the Grand Island bridges! For several years afterwards it was aired with a new beginning for newer songs and dj's but the final cutaway to the newsroom on track 10 is original.
The other pieces are very good but my favorites are 'The Darkness' and 'The Monkey's paw'. Please enjoy!
I grew up in Buffalo, New York during the 70's and listened to the broadcasts of WKBW's Halloween broadcasts/War of the Worlds. THEY WERE FANTASTIC! the sound effects and voice inflections used were very well done!
***What I tried to find was a clip that aired that I only remember one line of it and that was; "..as he kicked the jack out from under the car!"(apparently someone was in a driveway changing a flat tire and someone - well, you know!).
I listened to the full WKBW archive here and could not find any such line from the broadcasts. Say, would anyone happen to know the title of that "show"? I miss WKBW radio and tv and their personalities!
November 10, 2010 Subject:
Commercials Are The Best Part!!
The commercials really give a sense of time and place. I grew up elsewhere, but I can easily picture riding around Buffalo with a carload of friends listening to WKBW and trying to sneak into The Library and The Woodshed. The voice actor in the commercials is terrific!
October 31, 2009 Subject:
These programs show incredible creativity and innovation. KB's version of War of the Worlds, updated and localized to Western NY was unlike anything ever done at the time.
On Halloween 1973 I recorded War of the Worlds on WKBW from my car in a parking lot in Hamburg, NY.
For 35 years I've felt bad that I didn't record more of the excellent programs that night. Now here it is. Thanks so much for posting this!
October 10, 2009 Subject:
Enjoyed this very much.A similar show was done here in Philly on Halloween night the same year.WMMR played Arch Oblers Drop Dead lp and a few Edgar Allen Poe stories read by Nelson Olmsted.Then they wound up the evening by playing the Orson Welles 1938 broadcast of War of the Worlds.Shame radio doesn't do this anymore.
May 15, 2009 Subject:
But you really should have included a link to the WKBW tribute site http://wkbwradio.com/ where (among other things---including both WOTW broadcasts) one can access their "Paul (McCartney) is Dead"
By the way...most of what you have here is NOT Public Domain...but I'm sure you knew that when you posted it.